This is an information page relating to the bushfires at Gerogery and Walla Walla. This page will be maintained at regular intervals.
For all Walla Walla and Gerogery Bushfire Inquiries:
phone: 0457 731 824 (all hours)
Information and Application for Appeal Funding:
Applications for Appeal Funding will still be accepted by
Friday 19 February 2010
This information is for those that have suffered loss to property and personal affects as a result of the Walla Walla Gerogery Bushfire
As you would be aware the SS & A Club and WAW Credit Union commenced a public appeal on Friday 18 December 2009. Funds raised through the public appeal will be administered by an Independent Appeal Committee comprising the Mayor, a Welfare worker, Solicitor and a Chartered Accountant.
In addition, Council at an Extraordinary meeting held on Wednesday 6 January 2010 established a Local Recovery Fund with an initial contribution of $200,000 to assist landowners to the replace boundary fencing, remove debris and removal of dangerous trees on private property that present a threat to homes, outbuildings and property entrances.
Council has appointed Cr Bill McDonald as volunteer Fencing Coordinator who will receive administrative support from Council staff to commence implementation of the Program.
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 January 2010 at the Gerogery Hall commencing at 7 pm to provide information on the Local Recovery Fund and answer other questions that residents may have.
Please click here to access an Appeal Application Form and Information that will assist in assessing your eligibility for funds from the public fundraising appeal and the Local Recovery Fund established by Council.
If you have suffered loss to property or personal affects please complete the form and return it to Greater Hume Shire Council, P.O. Box 99, Holbrook, NSW 2644 by Friday 5 February 2010.
To fast track some of the priority works Council staff may also contact landowners personally so that the scope of works and likely financial impact can be quickly established.
Council is committed to working with affected landowners to assist in the recovery effort.
Southern Riverina Assistance Guide:
Drought Support Workers provide support for families during drought and other emergencies, such as floods, fires and storms. This often involves supplying information on what support and assistance is available and who may be eligible, along with help in filling out the multitude of forms. Drought Support Workers can also provide personal support to people who just want to talk. This can involve talking to farmers and their families on the phone, visiting on their farms or talking to small groups of neighbours.
For a copy of the Southern Riverina Assistance Guide please click here.
Claims for Rebate on Road Transport of Fodder and Stock:
Under the State Disaster Plan, Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) is responsible for coordinating animal welfare relief services for livestock, wildlife and companion animals. Designated departmental staff are responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating relief programs at both the district and local levels. Please click here to access the I&I(NSW) Bush Fire website or Drinking Water for Stock website
Please click on the relevant claim forms to access a copy:
Claim for Rebate on Road Transport of Drinking Water for Stock in Bush Fire Area
Claim for Rebate on Road Transport of Fodder to Bush Fire Area
Claim for Rebate on Road Transport of Stock from Agistment to Bush Fire Area
Claim for Rebate on Road Transport of Stock to Agistmen t to Bush Fire Area
URGENT DEMAND - SHEEP FODDER
There is an urgent demand for sheep fodder as well as small bales of hay suitable for horses.
Contacting Rhonda Michan on 0429 401 569 or Garry Michan on 0429 059 817.
For small quantities of fodder please access the Fodder Pick Up Site on Coach Road, Gerogery.
Open on Wednesdays and Sundays between the hours of 9 am to 11 am.
Donations of fodder can be made at other times by prior arrangement.
Need to talk to someone about your experiences:
(this service is for both people who have been impacted by the bushfire or if you are concerned about a family member, friend or neighbour.)
Ken Edwards - Rural Support Worker, Centacare 0429 128 822
Ron Westbrook - Chaplaincy Australia 0400 335 429
Rural Mental Health 1800 201 123
Donations of Food, Clothing and Cleaning Items:
Donations of food, personal and cleaning items can be made to Rural Care Link by calling 02 6026 3001 or 02 6026 3733.
Clothing and Furniture can be donated to St Vincent de Paul by calling 02 6025 4729.
Appeal Committee Commences Distribution - Released Thursday 11 February 2010
Fencing Program Commences - Released Friday 5 February 2010
More Help Needed - Released Monday 11 January 2010
Local Recovery Fund - Released Thursday 8 January 2010
Increasing Demand for Hay at Walla Walla and Gerogery - Released Monday 28 December 2009
Update on Walla Walla Gerogery Bush Fire Appeal - Released Wednesday 23 December 2009
NSW Government Bush Fire Disaster Declarations - Released Tuesday 22 December 2009
Donations for Walla Walla Gerogery Bush Fire - Released Monday 21 December 2009
Walla Gerogery Fire - Released Friday 18 December 2009
Emergency Management NSW
Rural Assistance Authority
Industry & Investment NSW (Department of Primary Industries)
Rural Fire Service